Whenever I go to Italy, I try to look at the store window displays to figure out what the upcoming fashion trend is. As usual, the styles in Italy happen first and then they trickle to the USA (even though I’ve noticed that these trends do travel faster than they used to!). During my last trip to Italy, I visited Milan where FASHION IS KING! To my surprise, I noticed that the clothing styles were very similar between Italy and the U.S. Belted tunics with leggings; skinny jeans; long cardigan sweaters – they were all in the windows. But the two things that did stand out to me were the flat shoes and the large purses! The trend seems to be getting away from high heels and into ballerina flats. This does make for walking the cobblestoned streets a little easier. But, frankly, I was a bit disappointed. I always like a heel – I think it allows for elegance and grace – and plus, personally, I have a hard time wearing flats. I don’t get enough arch support and really flat shoes tend to hurt my back. Being, also, that I don’t have teeny tiny little skinny legs, heels tend to elongate my legs and make them look a little better. But in Italy, a lot of the women are very tiny and so therefore flats look wonderful on them. Anyway, the shoes were all adorable in every color and style.
As far as the purses were concerned, BIG purses are definitely in. I ended up getting one in Milan which is gorgeous. The leather and color are so beautiful that it is a real pleasure carrying it around. It is a Carlo Pazolini – and I think it was reasonably priced for the high quality!
Window shopping in Milan is very educational…and very enjoyable. I could definitely make a habit of it!